Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

June 26, 2013

Suspects in 1974 W.Va. slayings want trials moved

FAIRMONT — Two men charged with killing three people in Fairmont in 1974 want their trials moved outside Marion County.

Media outlets report lawyers for 59-year-old Phillip Reese Bush and 64-year-old Eddie Jack Washington filed change of venue motions Tuesday.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aloi didn’t rule on the motions during a pretrial motion hearing Tuesday.

Both trials have been pushed back.

Bush was scheduled to stand trial in May. Washington’s trial was set for the court’s June term.

Aloi rescheduled Washington’s trial for Aug. 27. A new trial date for Bush hasn’t been set.

Bush and Washington are accused of killing 20-year-old Lester Phillips, 19-year-old Wanda Jane Phillips and 27-year-old Billy Ray Cobb at Windmill Park.

 

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